History of the Centre for Human Bioethics


The Centre for Human Bioethics was established by Professor Peter Singer in October 1980, it celebrated its 25th anniversary on the 13th of October, 2005.

We’ve found some interesting documents in the archives – please see below.

The occasion was also be celebrated with a special issue of Monash Bioethics Review 25, no. 1, January 2006, which will feature articles by past and present Centre staff, along with other contributors, and will contain a section focusing on bioethics then and now.


Australia’s first bioethics master’s graduates with course coordinator (now) A/Prof. Justin Oakley (centre back).
Pictured (from left) Surgeon Dr David McIntosh, lawyer Mr John O’Sullivan and nurse Mrs Beverley Touzel, 1992. (Image courtesy Monash Archives with thanks.)


Doctors Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer, 1985. (Now) A/Prof. Kuhse and Prof. Peter Singer established the Centre for Human Bioethics in 1980. (Image courtesy Monash Archives with thanks.)